Commonwealth Games: Loh Kean Yew stunned by Malaysia's Ng Tze Yong

Singapore's Loh Kean Yew retrieves at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in action at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. (PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Top-seeded Singaporean shuttler Loh Kean Yew will leave the 2022 Commonwealth Games without a men's singles medal, after he lost to Malaysia's Ng Tze Yong in the quarter-finals on Saturday (6 August).

The reigning badminton world champion suffered a dramatic collapse in the third game to lose to his lower-ranked opponent 21-15, 14-21, 11-21 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Nothing worked for the 25-year-old world No.9 in that final game, as world No.42 Ng went on a tear with eight consecutive points en route to clinching a memorable victory.

Loh, who had helped Singapore's mixed team clinch a bronze medal earlier in the Games, had been fancied to land a rare men's singles medal, following his rise to prominence after his World Championships triumph last December.

Singapore will still have a representative in the men's singles semi-finals, as Jason Teh defeated Jamaica's Samuel Ricketts 22-20, 21-11 to advance from the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile in the women's singles, Yeo Jia Min also made it into the last four after beating Australia's Wendy Chen 21-15, 21-15 in her quarter-final.

She will have the tough task of trying to beat top-seeded Pusarla V Sindhu of India in the semi-finals. Sindhu had already beaten Yeo once at the Games in the mixed team semi-finals.

Mixed doubles pair Terry Hee and Jessica Tan also made it to the semi-finals, after comfortably beating New Zealand's Oliver Leydon-Davis and Anona Pak 21-11, 21-11. They will face Malaysia's Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing next.

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